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Girls lax takes home state title

The Medfield girls lacrosse team took home the Massachusetts state title after besting Cohasset in their final matchup at Babson College. 

Seniors Annie McCarthy and Kerry White celebrate with Coach Mary Laughna after the traditional post-win water bucket

After earlier challenges in competitive semifinal and quarterfinal games, the matchup against Cohasset would prove difficult. Coming off two huge upsets, the Skippers were hopeful as they entered the game against the second-seeded Warriors. The game was a back-and-forth battle through the first half. However, thanks to a dominant performance by sophomore star Kelly Blake and her seven goals, the girls drove back to Medfield with the trophy in hand.

Kelly Blake, Alex Blake, and Kerry White started the first half firing. At the end of the first half, the score was 6-5, with Cohasset taking an early lead. It was a shot-for-shot game, with the two teams consistently exchanging leads. 

Behind Coach Laughna’s inspiration, the girls began to turn the game around. Medfield took the field after the half with fire as junior Alex Blake (Northwestwern commit) and sophomore Kelly Blake scored an additional two to take an early lead. Cohasset did not back down as they proceeded to tie the game at seven all. 

Blake was not done. The sophomore, who was selected last summer as a member of the USA U16 National Team, has attracted a lot of attention in the lacrosse world, and her championship performance made it clear why. Blake was unstoppable, scoring another goal to take an 8-7 lead with eighteen minutes to play in the game. Freshman Alex Proefrock struck quickly to give the Warriors a two goal lead, soon cut down by another Cohasset goal with fourteen minutes remaining. 

Kelly Blake then took the game into her own hands. She proceeded to score the next three goals for the Warriors, putting Cohasset out of reach. Medfield came out with a 12-9 victory and brought home the trophy. Family, friends, and Medfield’s boys lacrosse team arrived at Medfield High School to celebrate the girls’ victory.

The boys attempted to duplicate the feat themselves heading into the state finals game at Worcester State, but came up short in an 11-3 loss to Norwell. Despite the tough loss, the boys had an outstanding season, highlighted by wins over D1 powers Xaverian and Franklin — and by reaching the final game on the lacrosse calendar. The class of 26 seniors, the largest in the history Medfield lacrosse, was celebrated at a highly-attended team banquet at the Four Point Sheraton in Norwood, at which 11 Medfield players won All Tri-Valley League honors. Seniors Luke Murphy (Loyola commit) and TJ Casey (UMass commit) were also selected as 2022 EMLCA/USA Lacrosse All-Americans. The two captains became the 37th and 38th Medfield selections, proving that Medlax continues to breed the highest level of lacrosse talents. Coach John Isaf was also lauded for his efforts, and was named Eastern Massachusetts Coach of the Year by USA Lacrosse. Congratulations to Coach Isaf and all members of MedLax’s senior class on an outstanding season. 

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